Mo-Mo, No-No

A tale of two captains, one former, the other made of glass.

Exhibit A:  Mike Modano Can’t Quit You, NHL

Mike Modano has been the face of the Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars franchise for over 20 years.  They’re the only team he’s known during his 22-year playing career.  He should retire, you know it, we all know it.  Modano spent three seasons as the Stars’ captain, before being stripped of his “C” in 2006 in favour of Brenden Morrow.  Dallas Stars’ GM Joe Nieuwendyk announced on Tuesday that the team does not plan on offering a contract to the 40-year old centreman.

I’m sure the Stars’ front office were hoping Mike would just hang ‘em up and walk away, but he can’t.  Not just yet.  Nieuwendyk alluded to what Modano really should do on the team’s official website; like so many greats in other sports, he should accept the reality that he’s unable to compete at the level he once did.

Is there a team out there willing to gamble on a 40-year old pivot that’s been on a steady decline over the last four seasons?  Maybe, maybe a change of scenery could rejuvenate the former first overall pick.  In reality, though, we all know it’s the end of the road.  The Stars did their best to send him off in a respectful manner, but it never should have come to this.

Exhibit B:  The Island of Ethan Moreau is Paved in Perpetual Decline

Ethan Moreau was the heart-and-soul of the Edmonton Oilers for a time that was among the franchise’s darkest hours.  His contributions were not always measurable on the stats sheet, but there was a time when the few goals he scored always seemed to have an impact.

He was tough, he played the hardest minutes, he nearly lost an eye for his team.  Now, all that remains is a shadow of the player that once was.  More of that may be attributed to the eye injury than we know, at least that’s what someone much wiser than I has said.

On Tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers placed three players on waivers, in all likelihood with the intention of buying them out.  Ethan Moreau was of those three.  Like that, he’s been thrown away.

If Tambo and the Oilers do in fact buyout Moreau’s deal, the implications would be as follows:

2010-2011: $833,333
2011-2012: $583,333

We wish him well.